Sustainability: People, Planet, Profit

One of the foremost trends in the food industry is a movement toward sustainability, sustainable operations, and greater transparency. Executives today realize that how they respond to the requirements of sustainability will affect competitive advantage (or lack of it) and viability to compete in markets of the future. However, there is often a lack direction, vision, and plan. Consumer awareness of sustainability has many companies struggling to adapt business practices even as they serve the needs of multiple stakeholders and attampt to address environmental concerns. The good news is that sustainable programs can reduce costs -- even dramatically -- which makes them integral in formulating competitive strategy going forward into the future.

The Food Quality Alliance is directly addressing these issues with the development of programs and services that strategically tackle the challenges of implementing sustainability-oriented initiatives within organizations. Currently, programs in Sustainability Services and Programs are in development. Please be sure to check back on this page for updates.

ProTerra ProTerra is a sustainability standard and certification that is applicable to three levels within the food supply chain: agricultural production, handling-transport-storage, and processing-manufacturing. The ProTerra seal communicates to end-consumers sustainable agricultural production practices, and is available for certified value-chains both as a non-GMO option and for sustainable production only.

Sustainable Grocery Certification

  • Helping grocery retailers manage sustainability
  • Engaging employees in sustainability efforts and programs

Environmental/Energy Efficiency Programs Modular-based programs in food processing and manufacturing allow plants to significantly impact and reduce operating costs by creating a simple, easily managed Energy Efficiency Program. Using best practices developed specifically for this market segment, these programs have a rapid effect in efficiently reducing energy, water, and waste costs. These programs result in a “win-win” for both the company and the environment, not to mention the direct appeal they have to customers and end-consumers. Modules include:

  • Benchmarking, Trend Analysis, Goal development
  • Carbon Footprint Assessment/Analysis
  • Green House Gas (GHG) Inventory
  • Plant Energy Efficiency – Energy (gas, electric, alternative)/ Water (In & Out)/ Waste
  • Process Heating (possible savings=5%)
  • Lighting (possible savings=50%)
  • Variable Speed Drives (possible savings=20-50%)
  • HVAC (possible savings=20-50%)
  • Refrigeration (possible savings=30-50%)

Other Sustainability Services

  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Risk Management
  • Sustainability Assessment
  • Sustainable Action Plans/Programs
  • Build Quantitative Metrics
  • Development of Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s)
  • Supply Chain Performance
  • Environmental Efficiency Programs
  • Technology Solutions for Environmental/Energy Management/Supply Chain
  • Sustainability Reporting
  • Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR)